Masterclass: Focusing on What You Can Control

Listening to Dabo Swinney’s full press conference, I am struck by his powerful life philosophy – focus on what you can control. 

He doesn’t state this as his philosophy – I am just observing. And I left out God – which he never does. His philosophy is something like, “I just want to do a good job this week, and if the good Lord gives us another week – do a good job that week.” (28:57)

This echoes stoicism and the Serenity Prayer – there are things outside of you control and there are things inside of your control and knowing the difference and focusing on what you can control is the secret to your success.

What Dabo does so wonderfully, and is seen in this press conference, is that he has fun while he does it. That’s the something extra.

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